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Broadway-aimed tour of ‘The Wiz’ announces preliminary casting

The production will travel the country before landing on Broadway in 2024.

Phillip Johnson Richardson, Kyle Ramar Freeman and Avery Wilson have been announced for “The Wiz.” (Credit: Courtesy of O&M)

Initial casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway-bound revival of “The Wiz.”

The trio of stars announced includes Kyle Ramar Freeman as the Lion, Phillip Johnson Richardson as the Tinman and Avery Wilson as the Scarecrow. The previously announced production, to be directed by Schele Williams and choreographed by JaQuel Knight, is slated for a 2024 Broadway arrival at a venue to be announced.

The production will mark the Broadway debuts of Richardson (Apple TV’s “Sharper”) and Wilson (NBC’s “The Voice”). Freeman made his Main Stem debut in the Tony Award-winning “A Strange Loop.” Casting is by Tara Rubin.

“The Wiz” will launch a national tour from Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre from Sept. 23-30, 2023. Further tour stops will be announced.

“The Wiz” features a book by William F. Brown and score by Charlie Smalls. Additional material for the revival will be provided by Amber Ruffin, with music supervision, orchestrations and music arrangements by Joseph Joubert.

The revival is being produced by Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson, Brian Anthony Moreland and Ambassador Theatre Group.

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